Lansing

Radio Made in Michigan
12:05 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Niowave docks at Port Lansing

Port Lansing is located near Capital Region International Airport.
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This week, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation authorized a $3-million loan to Lansing-based Niowave, Incorporated.  The particle acceleration company will leverage the funds to build a $200-million medical isotope production facility near the Capital Region International Airport. It’s planning its expansion around Port Lansing, the international logistics hub that’s been sprouting up around the airport over the last few years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:54 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Audio postcard: Lansing preps for 'Silver Bells'

Fireworks light the sky over last year's Silver Bells in the City celebration.
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On this weekend before Thanksgiving, Lansing is again preparing to host its largest public outdoor event of the year.  This is the 29th year for “Silver Bells in the City,” which features music, crafts and an electric light parade through the city’s downtown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Church survey assesses needs of Tri-County area

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In 2012, the Church of Greater Lansing conducted a community leadership survey to learn what local leaders feel are the Lansing area's biggest problems.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Current State #200 | November 12, 2013

Today on Current State: medical marijuana; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Senator Whitmer address medical marijuana, court of claims

Opponents say this measure could be an effort to 'corporatize' marijuana and eventually undo the 2008 referendum.
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For about five years, Michigan’s medical marijuana law has authorized doctor-approved patients either to grow pot or to buy it from state-certified "caregivers." Now, the state legislature is looking at a second approach.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Business, education are priorities for new Arts Council director

Debbie Mikula took over at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing last week.
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The Arts Council of Greater Lansing has a new executive director. Debbie Mikula has replaced the departed Leslie Donaldson.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:41 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Higher ed scholarships assist Lansing youth

Lansing Sexton High School.
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With rising tuition costs, higher education has grown less affordable and accessible for many. But here in the Lansing area, there are a number of opportunities to help with the costs of obtaining an advanced degree.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Staffing Ingham election polls a constant challenge

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says she has noticed an increase in younger people and families volunteering at the polls.
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Voters are going to the polls in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties today.  Most are casting ballots for local mayoral and city council candidates as well as school-related issues.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Election 2013: Mayoral candidate Leeman says he's Lansing's 'neighborhood candidate'

Harold Leeman Jr. is trying to unseat Lansing mayor Virg Bernero. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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Our Election 2013 coverage wraps up today with Lansing mayor Virg Bernero’s opponent, Harold Leeman Jr.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Current State #191 | October 30, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing mayor Virg Bernero; the Lakewood Area Choral Society; and flipped schools.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:07 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Election 2013: Mayor Virg Bernero responds to audit criticism, touts record

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero (right), says the timing of a story in today's Lansing State Journal about incomplete audits is political, and was stirred up by city council president Carol Wood.
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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at the race for mayor in Lansing. Virg Bernero was first elected mayor in 2005. He was re-elected in 2009, and he’s now running for a third term.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:18 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Current State #190 | October 29, 2013

Today on Current State: possible decriminalization of marijuana in Lansing; Great Lakes Month in Review; MEA on recent RTW complaints; Public Poetry Announcement and local food innovation district.  

Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Month after groundbreaking Marketplace developer updates project

Pat Gillespie of the Gillespie Group says demand for housing in downtown Lansing is strong because people like the feel of urban living.
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Yesterday, we got our first look at a new, long anticipated building project in downtown Lansing. The Gillespie Group tweeted the photo of its ‘Marketplace Project’ yesterday, about a month after breaking ground near the intersection of Cedar and Shiawassee Streets, north of downtown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Election 2013: Second Ward's Tina Houghton shares priorities

Tina Houghton represents Lansing's second ward on the city council. Her challenger is Charles Hoffmeyer.
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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at the campaign for Lansing City Council in the second ward. Incumbent Tina Houghton is challenged by newcomer Charles Hoffmeyer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Election 2013: At-Large candidates Dunbar, O'Dell outline priorities

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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with two of the candidates for at-large seats on the Lansing City Council.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:14 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Election 2013: At-Large candidates Clarke, Jeffries outline priorities

Lansing city council at-large candidates Brian Jeffries (left) and Judi Brown Clarke (right), with host Mark Bashore.
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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with two of the candidates for the Lansing City Council: Brian Jeffries and Judi Brown Clarke.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Lansing Schools task force seeks plan for aging buildings

A new 'Facilities Task Force' is considering Lansing Public Schools infrastructure needs decades into the future.
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The Lansing School District is again trying to figure out what to do with dozens of aging buildings.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Election 2013: Yorko, Canfora vie for Lansing's 4th Ward

Chong-Anna Canfora (left) and Jessica Yorko discuss the campaign for Lansing's 4th Ward city council seat with host Mark Bashore.
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Today on Current State, we have the first of a series of segments related to the important decisions to be made by voters next month. The focus is on Lansing’s 4th Ward.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Local entrepreneur seeks to grow online Chinese language game


Have you ever considered learning all about another country?  Say, China? A local electronic game developer may have just the ticket for you.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Local arts orgs seek return of certified teachers in Lansing schools

Teacher layoffs in the Lansing public schools have raised concerns among arts educators across the country.
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Last spring, in response to a budget deficit, the Lansing Public School District laid off 87 teachers who were certified to teach art, music and physical education in its elementary schools.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:08 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Thirty thousand photos and three years later, City Saunter comes to an end

One of Ariniko O’Meara's walks took her along the Grand River in Lansing.
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Ariniko O’Meara will complete a 500 mile journey tonight. She has spent the past three years walking down every street in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Cristo Rey's new exec looks to do more with less

Joe Garcia, new Executive Director of Cristo Rey Community Center, says he wants to use his business experience to build relationships and expand the reach of Cristo Rey services.
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For 45 years, Lansing’s Cristo Rey Community Center has offered health, legal and other services, with an emphasis on Lansing’s Hispanic community.  

Last week, Cristo Rey welcomed a new Executive Director, whose job will be to do more with less.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:39 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Matchette and Frog strip down the blues for Old Town Blues Fest

'Frog,' (S.J. Forgey, left) and Dave Matchette will perform this weekend at the Old Town Blues Festival.
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This weekend, the blues will flow like muddy water through the streets of Lansing's Old Town, as performers from around the U.S. will take the stage at Old Town's Bluesfest.  One of the acts playing this weekend is Matchette and Frog. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lansing's Knapp's building part of cities resurgence

The Knapp’s project is a good example of how federal and state historic preservation tax credits are used to blend old form with new function
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 The massive renovation of the former J.W. Knapp department store continues in downtown Lansing.  The historic 190,000 square foot building is being converted into a mix of retail and residential space.  Architects and developers are being careful to keep some of the original charm of the 75-year-old landmark, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Current State’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Robb McKay, a historical architect with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.  They walked through the old Knapp’s building, which is slated to re-open for business in February.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lansing landmark a 'Temple' for creativity

The makerspace in Lansing, located in Old Town's Temple Building, is a community workshop where people can share tools and concepts, according to Brian Adams the board president of the Lansing Makers Network.
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Over 100-years ago it was a church, its stairwell under the feet of countless young brides as they stood at the top and tossed their bouquets. Decades later, it was nightclub that laid claim to hosting some of the biggest national acts to come through Lansing. Then it was empty sitting unused. But not anymore.

 There are some new tenants using Old Town’s Temple Building. Current State’s Becky McKendry took a trip to see just who’s been occupying the space. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Lansing police chief updates local shooting

Lansing Police continue their investigation into a shooting Tuesday afternoon that left at least three Sexton High School students injured. LPD says none of the injuries were life-threatening and at least two victims have been discharged from hospitals. Early Wednesday morning, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

GM celebrates LGR's millionth vehicle

GM Plant Manager Tony Francavilla rallies workers at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant before rolling out the millionth vehicle made at the facility.
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 General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant is marking a milestone today.  The 1 millionth vehicle is set to roll off the assembly line. This morning’s event features an array of federal, state and local officials at the plant. Mike Green, president of the United Auto Workers Local 652, discusses the milestone.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Debunking the myth of Lansing as 'Biddle City'

Lansing's growth stemmed from the legislatures decision to relocate the capital from Detroit to Lansing Township.
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The Wikipedia page for Lansing, Mich. reads that "in the winter of 1835 and early 1836, two brothers from New York plotted the area now known as REO Town just south of downtown Lansing and named it 'Biddle City.' All of this land lay in a floodplain and was underwater during the majority of the year. Regardless, the brothers went back to New York, specifically Lansing, New York, to sell plots for the town that did not exist.”

This story may sound familiar to many, but it turns out it’s not true. David Votta, Community Engagement Librarian at the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, sat down with Current State’s Emanuele Berry to debunked the myth of Lansing’s foundation.

Radio Made in Michigan
2:45 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Walnut Neighborhood residents pleased with Niowave's final agreement on pole barn

Neighbors say they're satisfied with the revised look of the Niowave building.
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The last year has been a trying one for Lansing’s Niowave Corporation and its residential neighbors in the area north of downtown. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership has spent months forging an agreement between the company and its neighbors over how to improve the appearance of a large metal building that went up  last summer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Current State #150 | September 3, 2013

 

Today on Current State: MSU professor on the conflict in Syria; Detroit’s Water Renaissance series; Right to Work after first Labor Day; Al Jazeera America launches Detroit bureau; and the HopCat bar in East Lansing.

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